UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States announced on Wednesday that it has successfully tested an ICBM (Minuteman 3) with a new system to modernize this type of old surface-to-air missiles.
The missile was launched at 33:00 local time (833 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and crossed 6,760 km over the Pacific Ocean before it fell into the sea near the Marshall Islands, as Salah al-Jaw said in a statement.
The US Air Force explained that the experiment was for the purpose of development and not a routine experience, as happened on the second of October.
The missile, which was not armed, could be equipped with a new type of nuclear warhead.
“The Minoteman 3 program is out of date, and modernization programs like this are essential to ensuring that our country has an effective nuclear deterrent capability,” Colonel Umar Colbert, the test official, said in a statement.
This missile is the only surface-to-air missile in the US nuclear arsenal since 2005. It is placed on launchers spread over three US military bases in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.
Trident missiles launched from the sea are deployed in US submarines, while strategic fighter planes carry nuclear bombs.
The Air Force said that this experiment had been scheduled for months and did not constitute “a response or reaction to world events or tension in the region”, but it came the day after Washington announced the deployment of a weakly-armed nuclear weapon for the first time on a submarine.
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